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City of Thieves by David Benioff
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Aug 19, 08

bookshelves: adult-fiction, historical, wwii, humorous, tragic
Read in August, 2008

I saw this book a few months ago and was wowed by the cover. (Again, I admit.) The premise then caught my eye: two young residents of Leningrad are given a reprieve. Instead of a death sentence, they are sent out to find a dozen eggs for a wedding cake. This near-impossible task takes them through various neighborhoods and eventually out into the Nazi-controlled countryside.

The characters were intriguing and plausible. Lev and Kolya were thrown together for good or bad, yet slowly develop a bond. (I loved how cocky Kolya was and how he managed to win over everyone--I've known people like this.) The pacing was exciting, but not overly frenetic. The settings horrific and realistic. The ending bittersweet. A more literary, mild version of the more mainstream suspense novels. Recommended.
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